This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN4TW movement in New York. The purpose of this movement is to voice the injustice of Taiwan’s exclusion in international organizations such as the United Nations and also to spread the awareness by conducting outreach activities. The 1st generation has passed down the duty to the 2nd generation since last year and the crew in our NY/NJ Chapter has been working so hard to put this movement together hoping to galvanize more support from the younger generation and the mainstream society.
We are talking to Elena Liao, the owner of Té in New York. Elena, founder of Té Company, is an avid tea drinker and a dedicated food enthusiast living in New York City. She was born and raised in Taiwan, then moved to the US in her early teens. Like most Taiwanese families, drinking oolong tea was part of her daily ritual growing up. Living in the food mecca of New York City, Elena was surrounded by foodies alike celebrating hand crafted espresso and the complex bouquet of artisanal wine. As her appreciation and knowledge for fine culinary craft blossomed, she found herself increasingly drawn to the delicate flavors of oolong teas. The childhood tea drinking tradition became more than a passtime. It became a culinary exploration, which led her to study oolong tea’s history and artistic craftsmanship.
TAP New York is a passionate group of individuals dedicated to building the Taiwanese American community in New York. It strives to organize activities that harness and showcase the Taiwanese American spirit. TAP New York strives to champion balanced viewpoints, integrity, and excellence. It strongly believe in continuous self-improvement and empowering its members to achieve both their personal ambitions and the goals of the organization.
Ho Chie Tsai is a founding Board Member who also wears many hats in the Taiwanese American community. As a frequent speaker on the collegiate conference circuit and youth summer camp programs, a past Program Director and current Board Member of the Taiwanese American Foundation, and a founder of the Taiwanese American Professionals chapter in San Francisco, he hopes to inspire a renewed sense of pride in personal identity and to increase activism and involvement within the greater Asian American community. Ho Chie holds an Electrical Engineering BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Bioengineering MS and an MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he works as a pediatrician.